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HUD No. 16-195
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Thursday
December 22, 2016
 

HUD AND VA ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO HELP MORE HOMELESS
VETERANS IN RURAL AREAS FIND PERMANENT HOMES
HUD provides HUD-VASH vouchers to help 529 homeless Veterans in rural areas


WASHINGTON – In a continuing effort to help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announce $2.9 million to local public housing agencies across the country to provide a permanent home to 529 veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness in rural areas (see attached list below).

The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. See local funding chart below. This year, HUD awarded approximately $60 million to support more than 8,000 veterans and their families. HUD-VASH ensures that veterans experiencing homelessness receive both the housing and services to live stably in their own homes.

“Homelessness is not unique to our big cities so as we work to end veteran homelessness, we must reach out to those vets living in rural areas as well,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “As a top priority of this Administration, we’ve dramatically reduced veteran homelessness in this country because we have a clear responsibility to serve those who served our nation.”

“As a nation, we rightly made a commitment to help Veterans exit homelessness regardless of the communities where they settle after military service,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We have followed through on that commitment by reducing Veteran homelessness nearly in half nationwide. But much of that progress has come in urban areas so the HUD-VASH awards announced today, which benefit more than 40 rural communities where affordable housing is scarce, are a necessary step in the vital work of taking care of the women and men who bravely served us all.”

Since 2010, the Obama Administration and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women.

More than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 120,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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HUD-VASH RURAL AWARDS

State

Public Housing Authority

Partnering VA Medical Center/Community
-Based Outpatient Clinic

Number of Vouchers

Award
Amount

Alabama

Phenix City Housing Authority

Montgomery

10

$48,733

South Central
Housing Authority

Montgomery

5

$22,159

Alabama
Total

   

15

$70,892

Arkansas

Russellville Housing Authority

Central Arkansas
Healthcare System

9

$24,289

Arkansas
Total

   

9

$24,289

Arizona

City of Flagstaff
Housing Authority

Northern Arizona
Healthcare System

20

$184,711

County of Cochise
PHA

Southern Arizona
Healthcare System

8

$40,031

Arizona
Total

   

28

$224,742

California

City of Crescent City Housing Authority

Roseburg
Healthcare System

18

$92,342

Housing Authority
County of Kern

Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

11

$54,263

County of San Bernardino Housing Authority

Loma Linda
Healthcare System

11

$90,192

County of San Joaquin Housing Authority

Palo Alto

8

$68,742

County of Butte Housing Authority

Northern California Healthcare System

8

$42,242

California Total

   

56

$347,781

Colorado

Colorado Division of Housing

Eastern Colorado
Healthcare System

8

$52,270

Colorado Total

   

8

$52,270

Delaware

Delaware State Housing Authority

Wilmington

8

$51,935

Delaware Total

   

8

$51,935

Florida

NW Florida Regional Housing Authority

North Florida/
South Georgia
Healthcare System

8

$38,673

Florida Total

   

8

$38,673

Hawaii

Hawaii Public Housing Authority

Pacific Islands
Healthcare System

20

$189,098

Hawaii Total

   

20

$189,098

Kentucky

Pike County Housing Authority

Huntington

18

$68,072

Kentucky Housing Corporation

Tennessee Valley
Healthcare System

8

$42,477

Kentucky Total

   

26

$110,549

Louisiana

Hammond Housing Authority

Southeast Louisiana Healthcare System

8

$38,226

Louisiana Total

   

8

$38,226

Maryland

Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development

Maryland Healthcare
System

8

$41,472

Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development

Martinsburg

8

$41,472

Maryland Total

   

16

$82,944

Maine

Maine State Housing Authority

Maine Healthcare
System

8

$40,934

Maine Total

   

8

$40,934

Michigan

Michigan State Housing. Dev. Auth.

Battle Creek

8

$43,711

Michigan State Housing. Dev. Auth.

Saginaw

18

$98,349

Michigan Total

   

26

$142,060

Missouri

Riply County Public Housing Authority

Poplar Bluff

8

$28,487

Missouri Total

   

8

$28,487

Mississippi

Meridian Housing Authority

Jackson

10

$61,734

Ha South Delta

Jackson

10

$48,646

Mississippi Total

   

20

$110,380

Montana

MT Department of Commerce

Montana Healthcare
System

15

$85,462

Montana Total

   

15

$85,462

Nebraska

Scotts Bluff County Housing Authority

Black Hills Healthcare System

20

$63,012

Nebraska Total

   

20

$63,012

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

Manchester

11

$78,457

New Hampshire Total

   

11

$78,457

New Mexico

Northern Regional Housing Authority

New Mexico
Healthcare System

15

$89,134

New Mexico Total

   

15

$89,134

New York

NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation

Bath

30

$288,806

New York Total

   

30

$288,806

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

Oklahoma City

8

$41,686

Oklahoma Total

   

8

$41,686

Oregon

Housing Authority of the City of Salem

Portland

5

$23,175

Coos-Curry Housing Authority

Roseburg Healthcare
System

5

$20,789

Northwest Oregon Housing Agency

Portland

13

$80,103

Oregon Total

   

23

$124,067

South Dakota

Pennington County Housing & Redevelopment Comm.

Black Hills Healthcare System

15

$78,473

South Dakota

Meade County Housing & Redevelopment Commission

Black Hills Healthcare System

5

$16,511

South Dakota Total

   

20

$94,984

Tennessee

Crossville Housing Authority

Tennessee Valley
Healthcare System

15

$48,337

Tennessee Total

   

15

$48,337

Texas

Texoma Council of Governments

Dallas

24

$113,800

Texas Total

   

24

$113,800

Washington

Okanogan County Housing Authority

Spokane

8

$39,129

 

Housing Authority City of Longview

Portland

5

$22,847

Skagit County Housing Authority

Seattle

8

$42,718

Washington Total

   

21

$104,694

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

Milwaukee

8

$33,251

Tomah Housing Authority

Tomah

30

$99,436

Wisconsin Total

   

38

$132,687

West Virginia

Parkersburg Housing Authority

Clarksburg

7

$32,456

Housing Authority of Raleigh Co

Beckley

18

$86,270

West Virginia Total

    25

$118,726

TOTAL 529

$2,937,112